Match Fixing Predator Haunts Good Cricket
ICC’s anti corruption unit Chairman Ronnie Flanagan disclosed investigations are in progress at a massive scale.
The unit has received 450 intelligence reports to date during the current year, twenty percent of which have been sent by umpires and players. Ronnie Flanagan said an agreement is about to be signed for collaboration with the police of India, South Africa and England. Wherever World cricket is being played we would like to work with the government agencies to eradicate the evil of fixing.
Much danger lies in domestic and lower level international matches (under 19 World cup, women and associate matches). We are trying to improve the level of educational program and want to generate confidence in players that we are not here as their enemies but their friends. According to details some questions are being raised regarding ICC anti corruption unit’s credibility specially after Kiwi’s Chris Cairn’s announcement of being innocent in fixing trials. The Head of the organization Ronnie Flanagan is very much satisfied with the department’s performance and is confident to see its effective role in future.
In an interview he once again emphasized that the anti corruption unit does not have the authority of interrogation we can only gather information with those who have signed the anti corruption code with us. We do not have any right to know about others. Therefore it is our desire wherever world cricket is being played we get a support from their government agencies and this has already been done in New Zealand and Australia and we are about to sign MOUs with India, South Africa and England for sharing information.
In 2009 we received only 70 reports, In 2011 the number increased to 281 and during the current year the anti corruption unit has received 450 different evidences and intelligence reports.
Flanagan said I do not want to comment on Chris Cairn issue but I am confident this will not lessen the players confidence in us.